DES MOINES, Iowa --The wait is finally over for a Des Moines teenager suffering from sickle cell anemia.
17 – year – old, Isaiah Newsome, was born with the blood disease but was put on a list for a bone marrow transplant in January of this year. Doctors recently told Newsome they found a bone marrow donor.
When I heard that I got the match I was actually in the hospital and my mom told me. We kind of just had a really big moment; laughing, happy, crying a whole bunch of emotions into one,” says Newsome. “I`m just really thankful that I will have the chance to live the life that I`ve always wanted.”
With his mother, Charice Williams by his side, Newsome will begin treatment in Minneapolis in January. Williams says doctors initially told her the wait for a donor can last several months, even years.
“It wasn’t as long as some people, some people wait a lifetime and never get that opportunity so we are truly grateful.”
Doctors say the treatment process could take six months or longer, depending on how the teen reacts to the transplant. Needless to say Williams' is eagerly waiting for treatment to begin, “Once this is completed, once this is over it is a new life for him, it’s like being reborn,” but says the family will face financial challenges during their stay in Minnesota. Williams’ will step away from her job and money will be tight. Family friends have organized a fundraiser.
“It’s not something that we asked for but people understand that being gone so long my finances will not be intact.
A fundraiser will be held on Saturday December 6th at the Highland Park Christian Church from 4-7pm. The event will have a silent auction and dinner will be served. It’s open to the public.